The Greek Coast Guard announced that a boat belonging to its patrol was “harassed” by a Turkish patrol boat on Sunday, which resulted in minor damage, a day before expected talks in Brussels between the leaders of the two countries. The coast guard said in a statement that the incident, which occurred off the island of Lesbos overlooking the Aegean Sea, did not cause any injuries.
The statement stated that “a Turkish Coast Guard patrol boat harassed a Lesbos coast guard patrol boat, This caused minor damage.”
This type of accident is common in the Aegean Sea during patrols monitoring migrant boats coming from Turkey to Greece.
Greece accused Turkey in April of seeking to to “escalate” in the Aegean through “dangerous” maneuvers and help illegal immigrants.
Athens demands that Ankara better control migration routes and take back hundreds of asylum seekers whom the Greek authorities have decided do not deserve to be entitled. Protection as refugees.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is scheduled to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels.
On Friday, Mitsotakis stressed that the improvement of bilateral relations will depend on de-escalation efforts and on Turkey’s “constructive participation in the dialogue and respect for the conditions set by the European Union” in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.